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Travel ban, church-state case await action by Supreme Court

27 June 2017
Travel ban, church-state case await action by Supreme Court

International Refugee Assistance Project, the constitutional challenge to Executive Order 13,780, President Donald Trump's travel-restriction order. I'm great interest I mentioned there about the travel ban but also a justice Anthony Kennedy who's been on the court for thirty years there has been some speculation there in Washington that may be.

Gorsuch's recent opinions prove the point. Yet the notoriously ideologically divided justices came together this term, as they often do, in cases involving business.

The administration has said the 90-day ban was needed on national security grounds to allow an internal review of screening procedures for visa applicants from the six countries. "On a controversial case, both sides pitch to him".

Another nominee, Damien Schiff, nominated to the Court of Federal Claims, used a different blog to denounce anti-bullying efforts for "teaching "gayness" in public schools", and criticize the court's ruling in Lawrence v. Texas - that's your ruling, Justice Kennedy - striking down state laws criminalizing homosexual sodomy. Gorsuch said the court should not prohibit Arkansas from allowing only a child's biological parents to be named on the birth certificate, to keep track of possible genetic disorders and disputes over citizenship. Gorsuch's biggest complaint was that the majority thought it was such an easy case and handled as a summary reversal it without setting it for full briefing and argument. Some of Kennedy's former clerks and a number of judges from Trump's initial list of nominees are being considered to fill Kennedy's spot.

Speculation about a Kennedy retirement was sparked partly because he was slow to hire clerks for the court's next term.

Another is a case pitting religious liberty against LGBT issues. On Monday the court finally pulled the trigger after months of inexplicable inaction.

The U.S. Supreme Court will take up a major battle between religious freedom and anti-discrimination rights next term when it decides whether a state law can bar a baker from refusing to make a wedding cake for a same-sex wedding based on his religious objection. While no one knows the vote count, the unusual timing implies that there might not have been the necessary fourth vote to hear the case until Gorsuch was ready to participate.

Anthony Kennedy could soon be retiring, leaving a vacancy on the Supreme Court and giving Donald Trump the chance to add another member to the court after already placing one within his first 100 days. Co-host George Stephanopoulos agreed: "Everything changes in Washington if he retires, it would be just seismic".

Those who pushed for his nomination were thrilled.

"As the court's most important Justice - at the center of the institution's ideological balance - Justice Kennedy's ability to bridge the divide between left and right on critical issues such as the right to access abortion can not be overstated", said Elizabeth Wydra, president of the Constitutional Accountability Center to CNN Monday.